Even the threat of rain can't ruin a tractor ride - especially in a year like this one.
That's probably why there was a pretty good turnout for the annual Estherville Elks Lodge tractor ride that left the lodge Sunday and headed for points north and west, returning to the lodge at day's end.
Proceeds from the 56-mile jaunt went to help fund Elks youth programs, including the hoop shoot in January, expenses for athletic teams to go to state competition, Girl Scouts and Brownie Scouts, the Estherville Lincoln Central post-prom party, city league baseball and softball and the Elks scholarship fund.
Tractors made their way down Half-Mile Hill Sunday morning for the annual Estherville Elks Lodge tractor ride. A total of 33 tractors participated.
EDN photo by MIchael Tidemann
Jerry Pluth, one of the event organizers, drove his 1971 Farmall 826 - actually the last tractor his father owned. Three years ago Jerry decided to overhaul and repaint it, and the result looks brand new.
Dale Palmberg of Spirit Lake, another tractor ride organizer, was driving his 1968 International 544 he bought a year and a half ago.
"I didn't do a lot to this one," said Dale who has a collection of 11 tractors - actually down from the 21 he had earlier. Dale has everything from John Deeres to Olivers and he even has his grandfather's Farmall H.
Mark Larsen of Ringsted drove a 1941 John Deere B he bought in April. His dad had a 1936 B but when the '41 came up on Ernie Williams' Web site in Algona, Mark couldn't pass it up.
Bruce Prentice of Milford was driving a beautifully restored 1956 Minneapolis-Moline 335 utility tractor that he's had for two years. He found it at an auction in Vermillion, S.D.
"It's easy for me to get on and off," Prentice said as one reason for buying the tractor. Bruce also has a 1948 A John Deere. He's had 12 tractors over the years, including a Moline with loader he recently sold.
So how much work was it restoring the Moline?
"I pretty near lost my happy home," said Bruce, who usually manages six or eight rides a year.
But it was all worth it.
"I don't have any trouble keeping up with the Internationals - the M's and the H's," Bruce said.